Speak for CARTA Service East of the Cooper, Tues. January 11
6 pm, Visitor’s Center Bld., Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park
Join Mt. Pleasant Town Councilwoman Linda Page and other Transit Advocates in helping shape a better set of CARTA transit options for the East Cooper area including the possibility of fixed route scheduled bus service to Wando High School, Coleman Blvd., the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. Stand up and be counted for transit in your community in a time of competitive budget cutting.
The future of CARTA bus service in the East Cooper area will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday. The CARTA board is currently considering terminating the Flex Bus route which serves the Isle of Palms, Old Village. Coleman Blvd. corridor, and Sullivan’s Island. Options for using the funds saved by cutting flex service include new fixed routes serving Wando High School and the other areas currently getting flex service, other service or no bus service to these areas at all, using the funds to establish a funding reserve. Previous budget cuts have already eliminated CARTA at Night Service and Sunday Flex Bus Service. Express and #40 service has also been reduced.
A large turnout is needed at next week’s meeting to assure that the East Cooper Area retains service in an extremely competitive political environment where other areas are organizing to preserve or increase service. Funding for CARTA from the half penny sales tax has already fallen by over two million dollars per year and several routes and services have been eliminated or reduced. Ridership on CARTA has increased despite cuts in many areas.
Here is the official notice from CARTA
“The public is hereby advised that a public hearing will be held by CARTA (Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority) in The Cooper River Room of the Mount Pleasant Visitors' Center Waterfront Memorial Park, 99 Harry Hallman, Jr., Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 It will begin at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. The purpose of the hearing is a consideration of the possible elimination of CARTA Route 401 (a FLEX/on-demand service), and/or its replacement with a new proposed fixed route serving Mt. Pleasant.
Interested parties are invited to attend the hearing and express their views. Extended presentations should be submitted in writing to CARTA, 36 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403.
Christine Wilkinson, Transit Administrator”
Linda Page, of Mt. Pleasant Town Council and the CARTA Board needs your input and support.
Linda Page, MPPA, CAI
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1460 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464